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Mr. Schroeder has been engaged in a general commercial practice of law
for over thirty years, handling banking, real estate, corporate, litigation,
collections, bankruptcy, homeowners association and regulatory matters.
Judicial. Mr. Schroeder clerked for the Texas Court of Appeals in
Fort Worth, Texas as a briefing attorney upon graduating from law school.
This experience provided him with the insight that would guide the rest of his
legal career. He served as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee for the City of
Houston and now serves as an Associate Judge of the Municipal Court of the City
Banking. He has a management background in law and finance, having served
as a senior management official of a number of banks and other financial
institutions. He has served as an officer of credit unions and worked
as in-house counsel for First City National Bank in Houston. The areas
in which Mr. Schroeder has represented clients include loan and other bank
documentation as well as collection, litigation, bankruptcy and regulatory
Early in his legal career, Mr. Schroeder combined his knowledge of regulatory,
banking and securities matters with his experience in financing of the acquisition
of financial institutions. As a example of his expertise in the structuring
of financial institutions and their ownership, he quickly realized the advantages
of a single bank holding company organization, and has created several such
structures. Mr. Schroeder has also been involved in the chartering of de novo
banks, and the purchase and sale of controlling interests, assets (both
performing and non-performing) and branch offices of financial institutions.
Before its dissolution, Mr. Schroeder served as general counsel of the
Houston chapter of the American Institute of Banking. While serving as its
general counsel, he not only addressed legal issues facing the organization,
including its chartering and obtaining of tax-exempt status, but also taught
extensively in seminars and courses offered by the Institute.
Real Estate. Mr. Schroeder has extensive experience in all areas of
real estate law, including the representation of developers, construction companies
and homeowners associations, as well as the documentation of title transfers and
financing associated with real estate deals. His clients include condominiums,
timeshare operators and hotel-motel companies. He currently represents several
homeowners associations, and has served on the boards and as officer (including
President) of several local associations.
Corporate. Mr. Schroeder’s practice includes addressing general
corporate matters. Mr. Schroeder offers his services to several non-profit
organizations. In addition, with twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Schroeder
has dealt with matters spanning the life of his corporate clients, including sales
and acquisitions of businesses and assets, litigation, collections and bankruptcy
matters, and contract drafting. Mr. Schroeder’s experience from both inside and
outside the board room allows him to understand the complex factors facing
financial institutions and those involved in the real estate sector today. His
background gives the firm insight found in few offices and is integral in our
innovative approach to problem solving for clients.
Mr. Schroeder is a member of the American, Houston and District of Columbia Bar
Associations, as well as the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Association of Bank
Counsel, of which he is a past director. He is also the regional admissions chair for
Georgetown University and sits on the Board of Advisors for the university’s
Admissions Office. He also serves as an officer or director of various local
non-profit organizations. Mr. Schroeder has written many articles in legal areas,
and in non-legal areas.
Mr. Schroeder is married with two children. He and his
wife both have ham radio licenses, enjoy traveling, activities with their children,
and the fine arts. He also enjoys lacrosse, skiing and scuba diving.
Contact him at (713)654-9100, Extension 111, or at Walt@SchroederWalthall.com